February’s Dude beckons spring with Backyard Ballistics, the return of Biosphere2, a Russian cold case, and new thrillers to read away the remaining days of winter.
Readers’ advisory and collection development librarians of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, list top fiction, nonfiction, reference, and audiobook titles. Winners of The Dartmouth Medal, The Sophie Brody Medal, Listen Lists and Reading Lists.
It’s December with temps in the 30s; I guess autumn really is over. I had fun extending my triathlon season into October, but all good things must end, including the only book I really sat down with over the past few months, Color Stories by Benjamin Moore (covered below). I relied on my minions to [...]
Spratford, Becky Siegel. The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror. 2nd ed. ALA. 2012. 184p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780838911129. pap. $48. PRO MEDIA Here is an excellent readers’ advisory book for those unfamiliar with the horror genre as well as those who want to round out their collections. Spratford coauthored the first edition in 2004, and [...]
While abhorrent to some, the appeal of historical true crime is not so difficult to imagine: vivid eras are brought to life in these accounts, many of which are assiduously researched, footnoted, and indexed. Furthermore, the story lines offer readers many compensations—the satisfaction of the compulsion to face the worst in human nature; the assurance that justice has been done; and, certainly not least, the chance to empathize with and offer witness to the victims in their hours of need.
Well, kids, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? The column has been on hiatus while a few tangles were combed out, but now we’re back with a vengeance. In fiction, we’ve got some hardcore American and Japanese lit, some sf, a few femalecentric mysteries, and, my favorite, what arguably can be considered early street lit by [...]